Besides being famous for cuisine, jazz and festivals, New Orleans houses some of the largest collections of African-American art in the U.S. While you are in the city for the ESSENCE Festival, make sure to experience New Orleans culture at its finest.
New Orleans Museum of Art
Boasting a permanent collection of 40,000 objects, the New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the country’s largest and the city’s oldest art institutions. Specializing in French, American, African and Japanese works as well as photography and glass, the museum’s mission is to educate the New Orleans community with its rich French history and heritage. Other groups of works include paintings by Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and many others. Also visit The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which contains more than 60 sculptures nestled between footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. The "Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms" exhibit will run from June 21 to September 15, and will explore the artist’s interest in ornament, systems of heraldry, and Baroque grandeur.Visit: 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124, (504) 658-4100, noma.org